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Climate Solutions - New BPA Administrator

  1. 1. NEWS RELEASEFor Immediate Release:January 17, 2013Contact:Gregg Small, Executive Director(206) 443-9570, Business and Climate Leaders Call on New Administrator to ‘drive regional climate action’ DOE Taps New Head of BPA for First Time in DecadePortland, OR: Business leaders from around the Northwest congratulated Bill Drummond’s selection ashead of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and look forward to working together towards acarbon-free Northwest. “As a manufacturer of solar modules, we would like to see BPA play an activerole in growing our local renewable energy industry, helping create local jobs and strengthen our localeconomy while addressing climate change head on,” Said Gary Shaver, President of Silicon Energy basedin Marysville, WA. “We need to reduce our exposure to the risks associated with fuel costs andclimate disruption.”The Northwest’s economy and its history were defined by visionary energy infrastructure investmentsmade by BPA 75 years ago that created a platform for long-term, broadly-shared prosperity.“Energy infrastructure is of central importance to the region’s economic and environmental future,”stated Jim Holbery, President and Founder of GridMobility in Redmond, WA. “BPA has the opportunityto constructively engage with a full spectrum of public and private interests that are working to expandour Northwest economy and improve energy reliability by adopting smart grid technology.”Clark Brockman, Principal, SERA Architects in Portland, OR: “The BPA’s role regarding the energy futureof the Northwest cannot be overstated – it is critical. The new administrator arrives on the job at anexciting time in the region. All of the pieces are in place for a robust and meaningful discussion aboutthe region’s energy future to take place and move forward.”
  2. 2. Many leading Northwest businesses are committed to environmental excellence, reducing their carbonfootprints, and building sustainable prosperity in the region. They need a strong partnership with theregion’s electric utilities and BPA to accomplish these goals.“Businesses know that to thrive in the 21st Century they cannot just maintain the status quo, but need toinnovate,” said Ash Awad, Vice President, Energy and Facility Services of McKinstry in Seattle. “BPA caninvest in modernizing the Northwest power grid and drive regional job creation and economicsuccess by helping us hone our ‘renewable edge’ in clean energy and innovation.”BPA controls 75% of all the electricity transmission in the Northwest, and manages over 10,000 aMW offederal resources, all used to serve customers in the Northwest. Since its founding in 1937, BPA hasbeen foundational to our electrical system. BPA was a pioneer when it was founded and can againspearhead an energy revolution in the Northwest.Stan Price, Executive Director, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, Seattle: “The cleanest type of energyis using less of it. This region is a natural leader in energy efficiency and clean energy. This sector is aprimary driver for economic development in the region. BPA’s active support is essential to thecontinued growth of this vital economic sector.Alan Hickenbottom, General Manager, Energy Services Group, Christenson Electric, Portland, OR: “BPAoccupies a unique position in the region and we look forward to working with the new administrator.Taking BPA into its next 75 years will require leveraging all available resources – existing hydropower,wind, solar, and biomass as well as the foundation of energy efficiency. Successfully integrating all theseaspects will provide a solid foundation for BPA’s continued success.”“Climate Solutions is proud to partner with these business leaders in calling for BPA to take a leadershiprole in reducing the region’s reliance on fossil fuels and pushing our transition to a carbon-free, cleanenergy economy,” said Climate Solutions Executive Director Gregg Small, “We are incredibly excitedabout the possibility of BPA playing a productive leading role in helping drive energy efficiency andincrease renewables in the region.” ### ###Climate Solutions is a Northwest-based clean energy economy nonprofit that works to acceleratepractical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment andbridging divides. Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated politicalleadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperitycan go hand-in-hand. Through our like Business Leaders, New Energy Cities and Harvesting CleanEnergy programs, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional and national actionon climate and clean energy.